Cancun’s millenarian mangrove swamp destroyed in just one day to give way to building complex

Cancun’s millenarian mangrove swamp destroyed in just one day to give way to building complex

Crocodiles were buried alive along with numerous others animal species who inhabited Cancun’s mangrove swamp after excavators destroyed it last Saturday. Grass-root organisation Save The Mangrove, which had set up camp inside in other to protect the flora and fauna of the area, explained that around 200 police dressed up in riot gear guarded this operation.

Machinery working round the clock non-stop destroyed 90% of Cancun’s last wild nature enclave injust one day. The Federal government authorised this action carried out together with the go ahead of the Mexican National Fund for Fomenting Tourism (Fonatur). The 57 hectares of mangrove swamp, which are now just rubble, will be destined to building a residential area, a commercial centre and a catholic church, amongst other plans, in the area known as Malecon Tajamar.

Neighbors, activists, grassroots organisations and NGOs such as Greenpeace Mexico have all signed a petition in the platform Change.or asking the local government of Quintana Roo to stop this ecocide and paralise activity. You can sign the petition here

Photo of dead crocodiles: Cuartoscuro/Elizabeth Ruizdestruction foto of ground by Patricia Festa

Photo of dead crocodiles: Cuartoscuro/Elizabeth Ruizdestruction foto of ground by Patricia Festa

Grass-root organisation Save Tajamar Mangrove managed to suspend works on Wednesday after a court hearing dictated the provisional suspension of activities until a home is found for all the animals that are left to die. Activists explained that during the week mysterious looking men had been coming to the area and taking live crocodiles away in black plastic bags.

It seems that the petition has come too late but there are still many stranded animals left and hope that something can be done. Neighbors of Cancun have been protesting in the streets of the city in a desperate attempt to inform the population. There is a demonstration planned for tomorrow to continue raising awareness. In the meantime activists guard the area hoping that the court order is respected.

Corporate watch published a news story last month about the movements of resistance to protect Cancun’s mangrove swamp and the importance of such ecosystems. You can read the story here.
written by Almudena Serpis


Mangrove Action Project proposes a call for action by sending a letters to those in government who can help stop this destruction.

Address of governor of Quitana Roo (Cancun’s province)

Roberto Borge Angulo
Palacio de Gobierno, Av. 22 de Enero s/n, 2o. piso, Col. Centro, Chetumal, Q. Roo., C.P. 77000
Telephone (983) 835.0500, Ext. 1177
email address [email protected]

Proposed text
We urge the government of Cancun to permanently stop the devastation of the mangrove swamp at Malecón Tajamar, that all animals left stranded are found a new home and that justice is made after the destruction of this precious natural enclave.

In Spanish:
Urgimos al gobierno de Cancun el cese definitivo de la devastación del manglar de Malecón Takamar, que todos los animales sean realojados debidamente y que se haga justicia tras la destrucción de este preciado enclave natural.

maleconpedrocanche maleconpedro1 Pictures by jourlanist Pedro Canche

video of the destruction by PlayGround :

El manglar de Tajamar, en Cancún, acaba de sufrir los demoledores efectos de la fiebre inmobiliaria.

Posted by PlayGround on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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